Blog - Natural Healing Center with Shannon Eggleston NP, HHP

19
Sep

Veggie Stir Fry with Tahini Sauce

Personal Chef Linda Crawford demonstrated this light and healthy dish during our Sept 14th cooking demonstration workshop. The Tahini and sesame oil add an Asian flavor.  Make as a side dish or add chicken or turkey for an entrée.

Ingredients:
½ cup Broccoli
¼ cup Scallions
½ cup Mushrooms
½ cup Celery
¼ cup Chicken or Veggie Broth

Tahini Sauce:
2 tbsp Black Sesame Seed Oil
2 tbsp Coconut Aminos
2 tbsp Tahini
1 tsp Fish Sauce
Pinch Himalayan Salt

Optional Toppings:
Nuts
Chopped Roasted Chicken pieces
Bamboo Shoots
Sesame Seeds

Using a wok or large frying pan heat to medium-high temperature. Pour your veggie or chicken broth in the pan to coat it for a minute, then add chopped veggies. Stir to coat the veggies for approx. 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt.

Add chicken and simmer for another 3-4 minutes, depending on how crisp you like your veggies. Serve with a sprinkle of either sesame seeds or bamboo shoots.

18
Sep

Scar Treatment Part 2: Prevention Is Key – Proper Wound Care Prevents Scars!

Prevention Is Key – Proper Wound Care Prevents Scars!

My go to for wound care is Colloidal Silver 500 ppm. Place it directly on the wound and surrounding area everywhere a Band-Aid will touch. Air dry. Apply a 3M waterproof bandage. The area is now secure under that bandage. It is waterproof so it can go surfing, in the shower or bathtub. It likes to stay on for at least five to 10 days. NOTE: these bandages are made to stay on! (I trust them because they are made by the same people who make post- it notes! These guys are geniuses!)

I do not even attempt to take them off unless the edges are frayed.

Also another product that I trust very much is grapefruit seed extract… It is antibiotic, antiviral and anti-fungal like Colloidal Silver 500 ppm.

Both of these products work well. I have found that colloidal silver allows the bandage to stick better because the grapefruit seed extract by nature has some oil in it. The waterproof 3M bandage comes in a lot of different varieties. My favorite is called Tegaderm because it is big and I can cut it to size. They also come in a box like regular Band-Aids in three different sizes (for your entertainment some of them even have pictures on them).

THE BOX MUST SAY 3M WATERPROOF TO KEEP WOUND SECURED.

Everyone is different some skin cannot take adhesive, in that situation, I would use no stick pads then use gauze to wrap around and secure the bandage on. Change 2x daily, using colloidal silver 500ppm each time.

ALL THE BEST! Remember proper wound care means less scars! Using these methods I have avoided scars 90% of the time!

DO SCARS EVER POSE A PROBLEM FOR THE FUTURE?
Yes, it is possible that they can become “active” again after months or years, and may need some additional attention. This is another reason why periodically getting your nutrition checked makes perfect sense. That way potential issues can be caught before the affect your health.

1
Sep

‘ZOODLES’ by Chef Linda Crawford of Pleasin’ The Palate

Transform zucchini into gluten-free “zoodles” and combine them with this allergy-friendly pesto.

It’s packed with nutrient-dense ingredients and turns this dish into a delicious, creamy entrée.

 

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • ½ cup raw unsalted shelled seeds, pumpkin or sunflower
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups chopped raw spinach
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, packed
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pit removed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  •  ¼ cup walnuts, chopped for garnish

 

 

Spiralize zucchini (use blade C) to transform it into thin strands of zoodles.

Cut zoodles into shorter lengths with clean scissors or a knife. Use zoodles raw or gently cook them by sautéing.

To sauté, place zoodles and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté 2 minutes.

Remove from skillet and drain (or you can eat it raw).

In a food processor combine seeds and lemon juice and blend until seeds are pureed.

Add spinach, parsley, and basil. Pulse until chopped and incorporated.

Add avocado and ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil and puree until smooth

Season to taste with salt.

Toss zoodles with pesto.

Sprinkle with nuts and serve.

25
Aug

Scar Treatments

Scars! It is important to find out if you have any scars on your skin (including your scalp and in your mouth) that are active… If they are active they can cause your nervous system to go haywire!

Hi my name is Shannon and I have been observing scars and their effects on the nervous system for over 20 years.  I do Nutrition Response Testing and find that scars can keep you from healing!  

Scars can make your heart race out of control…interrupt your sleeping…cause you to wake up many times in one night.…negatively impact your digestion…. sometimes they can even impair your hearing, vision or flexibility!

Oh yes… scars can also throw a wrench in your process for weight loss or necessary weight gain!

Let me explain. Your skin is your largest organ and if not attended to it can be the cause of a lot of stress.  This is because as mentioned earlier, our skin is actually an Organ!!! We take our skin for granted because we can see that it heals on the outside but what we don’t know is that it is not always completely healed the way that the body wants it to be healed! Unbeknownst to us, our body has its own ideas of what is “completely healed”.

Scars on the body can sometimes result in interference to the communication pathways from organs to the brain.  It is estimated that about 80% of our sympathetic nerve fibers are in the skin.  If these scars are acting as a roadblock to these communication pathways (think of an overturned semi-tractor backing up all lanes of a freeway), then health can be adversely affected by causing interference to properly function.  

The meridian is the freeway of our body.  When scars cross a meridian or lie along its course, the scar impacts the energy flow throughout that meridian.  Even small scars (especially around the midline of the body) can have a weighty effect.  C-section, episiotomy, circumcision, vasectomy scars, and even the navel are examples of scars in the midline that cross the midline of the body.

Holes in the body such as pierced navels, nose rings, pierced ears, and tongue rings can behave like scars.  Navel rings almost always have a deleterious effect as they not only cross and disrupt the energy flow, but because they are metal, they can have an electromagnetic effect.  Usually this jewelry must be removed and the piercing treated as a scar.  Tattoos, stretch marks, and burns can also have this effect.

The security guard or gatekeeper of the body’s internal functioning are the adrenal glands. Adrenals should not be concerned with our skin unless we are bleeding out.  Unfortunately even if we only have a cat scratch, the adrenal glands reaction has the same excitability as if we were in a sinking boat. It can seem so strange how over reactive the adrenal glands can be about a minor scratch!  When the adrenals get the information that the skin has a scratch, it immediately throws them into a tizzy! They think that we are going to bleed out! 

Therefore it is important to put a wound treatment on as soon as possible to secure the area.  In turn, this action sends a message to the adrenals that we are not bleeding out.  It is important to keep the wound covered until it is not active anymore.

Some scars are white while others are red or purple. As a scar heals, it will turn colors and then become close to our skin color again. Even old scars can usually become the color of our normal skin again. It is critical to rub your scars until such time that they become deactivated or you are well inside and out.

The process which I describe is the easiest way, probably the most affordable way and sometimes the only way to get your body to calm down enough to heal.  Whether it is ringing in your ears or a back ache that just won’t stop, sometimes the only remedy that will work is rubbing your scars with organic sesame seed oil for four minutes each, twice a day. 

SOME SCARS ACT CRAZY by sucking your healing energy up because they want to heal.  So when they are treated, you can feel strange fireworks tingling all of your body.  Don’t worry slow down and keep breathing you have just experienced stored energy being released. It will pass! Then be sure to stretch out where you felt the fireworks/tingling/electrical zinging.

If the scar is tender -just lay your hand on it and breathe. Once the scar is less tender then it is ready for treatment. 

HOW TO RUB SCARS AWAY FOR FAST TRACK HEALING:

  • Rub scars gently and slowly with: organic wheat germ oil

OR organic sesame oil

organic black currant seed oil

2 times a day, four minutes each.
(Organic oils are found in the cooking oil section in Sprouts & Mother’s – oils are sensitive to air so keep bottled and refrigerated)

  • If your scar is horizontal, rub vertically.

  • If your scar is vertical, rub horizontally.

  • If the scar is a circle, rub around and back & forth.

  • If you have a lot of scars, it’s okay to only rub ½ of your scars at a time. Make a list of them, then divide your body down the center (head to foot) and do the right side one time and the left side the next time.
    [Testing shows it’s best to massage oil into your scars before you shower.]

Chinese cupping and Cold Laser therapy are two additional treatments for scars.  Chinese cupping therapy is a favorite for helping scars that are keloided to flatten out. Cold Laser is a high intensity light (or energy) that operates at a specific frequency to increase the blood supply to the scar area.  The increase in blood is used by the cells to facilitate the repair of the injured tissue.  The application of 4-5 minutes to the scar may need to be repeated anywhere from 4 to 7 treatments.  

It is estimated that the high quality oils and Chinese cupping alone will handle 50% of scar problems.  Cold laser therapy will affect 70%.  And the two applications combined will handle about 90% of scars.  In a small number of cases, neural therapy may be necessary.  This therapy injects the scar with a healing substance by needle.  

© Shannon Eggleston 2017

6
Jul

What Everyone Should Know About Inflammation: A Cardiologist Explains

by Dr. Joel Kahn

Regular readers are aware that a process in our bodies called inflammation is involved in many aspects of human health and disease. For example, you may have read that a breakfast of Egg McMuffins, sleep apnea, obesity and ultra-exercise are inflammatory, while turmeric, meditation and the Mediterranean diet are anti-inflammatory, and so on. Lost in the search for vitality and longevity is an understanding of what inflammation is and what can be done to tame it. In many ways, inflammation is a Goldilocks process – you don’t want too much or too little, but just the right amount.

When I explain inflammation to patients, I point out that the middle of the word is “flame,” and that it comes from the Latin “I ignite.” Inflammation is a complex process of cells and chemicals in our bodies standing ready to fight infections and other threats, and is a life saver when it’s a controlled reaction to a threat. For example, you may experience inflammation when you’re working on your deck and get a wood splinter. Maybe a mosquito lands on your back and enjoys some of your blood (hopefully full of fresh green juice!). Maybe you sprained your ankle when your perfect yoga hand stand came crashing down.

Over 2,000 years ago, the signs of acute inflammation were described as including pain, warmth, redness and swelling. This “first responder” wave of healing occurs because cells in the area are surveying their environment all the time with detectors on their surface that act much like radar watching for invaders. These detectors are called pattern recognition receptors (PRR). If a PRR detects something that has a “foreign” structure – a pathogen-associated molecular pattern, or PAMP – it will ring the fire alarm internally in the cell and surrounding blood vessels.

Chemicals begin to pour out that cause blood vessels to dilate (redness, warmth and swelling); others increase the sensitivity to pain, and the next thing you know, your ankle or finger is a hot, red, sore mess. These chemicals attract white blood cells that begin to clean up the area by engulfing foreign proteins. Enough white blood cells clumped together is called pus. After a period of increased blood flow, helping to dilute the irritant and bringing fighters to the scene, other factors that promote clotting are released and work to balance and decrease the blood flow. This is what happens when you scrape your knee and it weeps for a while but then scabs over.  READ ON

21
Jun

How Unhealthy Are Those Starbucks Specialty Drinks?

Who holds the responsibility of our health? The Food and Drink Industry? Employers? Government? Ultimately, it is up to each and everyone of us – and education is key. So just how unhealthy are those Starbucks Specialty Drinks? With the huge success of the Unicorn and now the Mermaid, Healthline News asked both sides (including Starbucks) to weigh in.

Almost everyone agrees that there are too many calories and too much sugar in those Frappuccino drinks. So, should you abstain, or is it OK to occasionally indulge?

Unless you live on an internet-free compound, you were no doubt accosted by pictures of the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino during its limited five-day run in April.

This was a drink that was clearly made for Instagram fame, though it is not the caffeine empire’s first concoction to create similar fanfare. Nor is it likely to be the last — this month the Mermaid Frappuccino seems to be all the rage. Reviews of the Unicorn were mixed, with Starbucks’ loyalists rushing to get a taste while much of the internet stood back in judgment.

Memes were created accusing Starbucks of pushing diabetes, sanctimommies tut-tutted their parenting peers for allowing their children to indulge, and lines were drawn in the sand between those who think an occasional treat is no big deal and those a bit more intent on demonizing the Unicorn.

What’s in these drinks?

With 410 calories and 59 grams of sugar in a 16-ounce grande, it’s not shocking the Unicorn raised a few eyebrows. By comparison, a 16-ounce Coca-Cola contains 190 calories and 52 grams of sugar. The Unicorn far exceeds what most nutritionists consider an acceptable level of sugar and calories in a beverage.

But it’s worth noting that it is not the only drink on the Starbucks specialty list to boast such stats. In fact, it’s not even the worst. The S’mores Frappuccino, for instance, contains 490 calories and 67 grams of sugar in a 16-ounce serving.

What’s wrong with all that sugar?

Consuming that much sugar on a regular basis can have health consequences. According to a 2016 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, if a person’s daily caloric intake is made up of 25 percent or more sugar, their risk of dying of heart disease more than doubles compared with those whose diets consist of less than 10 percent sugar.

The same study found a cause and effect relationship where the level of risk increases alongside the level of sugar intake, regardless of age, sex, amount of physical activity, and body-mass index.
High average doses of sugar have also been found to contribute to weight gain, insulin resistance, liver failure, and pancreatic cancer.

As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests no more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of added sugar per day. Meanwhile, research has found that the average American consumes closer to 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. READ ON

15
Jun

5 Tips on Making Father’s Day Special

 

1. Eliminate the pressure. What Dad wants most is to have a day free from any pressure. Even the pressure of having a “perfect day.” Let him really relax so he can enjoy his second wish…

 

2. Spend time together. Get away from the house if you must, but take this day to focus on spending time together as a family. Go for a walk, have a picnic, lie in a hammock together, share stories and dreams together. Now that’s a day Dad will really remember!

3. Make romance. Father’s Day is not just a day to celebrate Dad as provider and caregiver for the children. It’s a day to honor your partner as your lover and friend. Make him feel special by telling him how much he means to you – as a partner and as the father to your children. Give him a sexy surprise in the morning or steal a few moments during the day to show him how much you love him.

4. Focus on him. Instead of planning everything out for him, give him the gift of freedom and choice. Let him make decisions about what to do and how to spend the day. If he’s a sports fan, accompany him to see a favorite team play. Is fishing his passion?  If he wants a few hours to himself, indulge him. He deserves it!

 

5. Bring on the praise. Fathers want to be appreciated. Tell him how much you need him. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on extravagant gifts; your gratitude and love are the greatest gifts you can give him this Father’s Day.

13
Jun

6 Benefits of Zinc for Men’s Health

Zinc and Your Health

Zinc may be the last entry on an alphabetical list of minerals, but it could be number one when you consider how important it is to men’s health. Clue number one: the prostate gland contains a high concentration of this mineral, and nature didn’t put it there for no reason. Clue number two: zinc has an impact on testosterone levels, and we all know how important that is!

 

Oysters and Men's Health

 

We have several more benefits of zinc for men’s health to explore, but before we get to them, it’s worth checking out some basics about zinc.


What Is Zinc?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is necessary for all cells. Prostate cells, however, accumulate more zinc than cells anywhere else in the body. In addition to the prostate, zinc is found in high concentrations in bone, eyes, kidney, liver, muscles, and pancreas.

Zinc is an active participant in numerous functions and reactions in the body, including immune system function, synthesis of DNA and protein, cell metabolism, wound healing, cell division, a proper sense of smell and taste, and proper growth. It also helps stimulate about 100 different enzymes.

Zinc promotes better brain health. High concentrations of zinc are found in the hippocampus, which is a center for memory and learning in the brain. Healthy zinc levels also may help protect against serious brain diseases such as schizophrenia, Pick’s disease, Wilson’s disease, and epileptic seizures, as well as alcoholism.

Zinc helps with maintaining a healthy heart. Zinc seems to protect against coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy as well as guard against damage to the myocardium (heart muscle).

Zinc’s anti-inflammatory properties, along with its antioxidant characteristics, are beneficial for reducing risk factors associated with atherosclerosis. It supports and promotes natural testosterone levels. Zinc supplementation can boost both total and free testosterone levels.

It can help with your sexual health and libido. The role of zinc in sexual health and libido is partly related to the impact of the mineral on testosterone. That is, the boost in T-levels associated with zinc supplementation can lead to enhanced sexual health and sex drive.

It promotes more endurance and energy.  Zinc facilitates the conversion of energy in food into energy for work and physical function to enhance your physical performance.

It can help with your prostate health. There’s increasing evidence that zinc plays an integral role in maintaining prostate health. In fact, the presence of zinc appears to help suppress prostate tumor growth.

Which Foods Provide Zinc?
The one food most associated with zinc is the oyster, which serves up nearly 500 percent of the RDA per 3 ounce serving. Less impressive but still considered excellent to very good sources include crab, fortified cereals, cashews, peanuts, chick peas, kidney beans, baked beans, toasted wheat germ, and chicken.

 

“Men over 40 should consider zinc supplementation for a variety of reasons including maintaining healthy prostate tissue zinc levels.” Deborah Mitchell

About the Author Deborah Mitchell
Deborah Mitchell is a senior health writer for Prostate.net who has authored, co-authored, and ghostwritten more than 50 health-related books for major publishers.

For the full story with studies, click here 

12
Jun

The Prostate – What every Man and Woman needs to Know Part 2 of 2

In our previous post, we discussed that the most precious gift you can give is knowledge because knowledge is power.  We discussed the alarming prostate disease statistics and symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, Prostatitis, and Prostatic Cancer. (It is estimated that benign prostate disease affects over 50% of American men by age 60 and 90% have symptoms by age 85, Prostatitis is the most common prostate condition and Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among men. (If you include skin cancer).  The majority of men in the U.S. will acquire prostate cancer if they live beyond the age of 65.  (Dr. John Lee, MD)

We also discussed how to maintain a healthy and vital life through targeted nutrition – healthy levels of minerals, especially zinc, maintaining a healthy weight and eliminating inflammation.

Today’s post is probably one of the most important as it is meant to put men at ease so they can deal with their health from a calm, logical approach. It dispels the common myths, empowering you to make informed choices.

The 3 Myths of Prostate Conditions:

1) High PSA Means Prostate Cancer

a. “PSA is simply a normal component of the prostate.  It is not specific for cancer.” Richard J. Ablin, PhD, developer of the PSA test

b. Stanford researchers say that “as a screen, the test indicates nothing more than the size of the prostate gland”  Stanford University News, 2004

2) Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy(BPH)  can become Prostate Cancer

a. BPH occurs primarily in the central zone of the prostate.

b. Prostate cancer occurs most commonly in the peripheral zone near the rectum

c. They share causes and risk factors but occur in different parts of the prostate

3) Testosterone causes Prostate Cancer

a. In the 1950’s researchers at the University of Chicago were implanting prostate cancer cells in the skin of lab rats.  If they pre-treated the rat with testosterone, the implant was unsuccessful.  If the cancer cells were implanted and allowed to “take” and then testosterone was added, the implants stopped growing

b. This was potent evidence that testosterone inhibits prostate cancer cell growth and development.  The experiment was repeated with the same results at the University of Chicago in 1996.  Umekita y, et al. Human prostate tumor growth in athyic mice; inhibition by androgens and stimulation by finasteride.  Proc Nat’l Acad Sci U.S.A. 1996 Oct 15;93(21):11802-7

So there you have it, information to empower you.   Treat the cause of your symptoms naturally using targeted nutrition.   Your body is a powerful healing machine given the proper nutrients needed to do so.  Treat your body like your car or truck by maintaining it and giving it the fuel it was designed for.  You wouldn’t forgo maintenance on your vehicle or put sugar in your gas tank so treat your body likewise.

Take action today!  Click here or call 877-95-DETOX or 714-549-4435 to make an appointment to come in for a FREE Zinc Test and learn more how we can best support you!

Factual content courtesy of Dr. Greg Anderson, DC, CNA

5
Jun

The Prostate – What every Man and Woman needs to Know Part 1 of 2

I have a deep and profound love for the men in my life.  Like the men in your life, they are rock solid and rarely complain (unless their favorite team lost of course!)  I have come to learn that any complaint about not feeling well is a red flag.  If they say they don’t feel well, what they really mean is they have not felt well for a while or it is so severe that they just can’t take it anymore.

As we celebrate the men in our lives this month, the most precious gift you can give your loved ones is knowledge. Knowledge is Power.  

Prostate Disease Statistics:

  • BPH: It is estimated that benign prostate disease affects over 50% of American men by age 60 and 90% have symptoms by age 85
  • Prostatitis:  The most common prostate condition.  It is generally bacterial and follows a UTI, but it also can become a chronic inflammatory condition
  • Prostatic Cancer:  Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among men. (If you include skin cancer).  The majority of men in the U.S. will acquire prostate cancer if they live beyond the age of 65.  (Dr. John Lee, MD)

Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy:

  • Difficulty starting a urine stream
  • Decreased strength of the urine stream
  • Dribbling after urination
  • Feeling that the bladder is not completely empty
  • An urge to urinate again soon after urinating
  • Pain during urinations
  • Waking at night to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • A sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate

Symptoms of Prostatitis:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint Pain
  • Pain around the base of the penis or behind the scrotum
  • Lower back pain
  • Feeling like you need to have a bowel movement
  • Trouble peeing
  • Weak urine stream

Symptoms of Prostatic Cancer:

  • Little or no urine output
  • Difficulty starting (straining) or stopping the urine stream
  • Frequent Urination, dribbling, pain or burning during urination
  • Erectile dysfunction, painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Deep back, hip, pelvic or abdominal pain; other symptoms may include weight loss, bone pain and lower extremity swelling

Ensuring a Healthy Life Full of Vitality

  1. Every 5 years (every 2 for men over 55) or if you exhibit symptoms, have diagnostic testing done:
  • Digital Exam
  • PSA test
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy (if deemed necessary)

     2. See your naturopath

  • Get dosed for appropriate zinc and mineral related levels – zinc plays a major role in prostate health as it is needed to maintain appropriate testosterone levels.
  • Eat lots of green veggies!  Foods rich in zinc, vitamin D, magnesium and calcium –  cruciferous foods (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, etc) should be eaten daily

     3. Lose weight – fat cells increase estrogen which is considered a major driver of prostate cancer

     4. Reduce inflammation which is also considered a major driver of prostate cancer

  • Eliminate sugar, processed foods, and food allergens
  • Incorporate omega 3s in your diet daily
  • See your naturopath for the quick, painless and non-invasive testing of food allergens and which omega 3s your body needs and how much

5. Consult with your naturopath on doing a  purification/detoxification program

  • Decrease inflammation
  • Support your liver in decreasing estrogen – considered a major driver of prostatic cancer

Factual content courtesy of Dr. Greg Anderson, DC, ACN

Take action today!  Click here or call 877-95-DETOX or 714-549-4435 to make an appointment to come in for a FREE Zinc Test and learn more how we can best support you!

Stay tuned for Part 2:  The 3 Myths of Prostate Conditions!